before and after

before & after: kitchen nook window seat

by Kate Pruitt

I love window seats! Not enough homes come with built-in window seats, and I don’t think I’ve ever lived in an apartment that had one :( It’s cool to see such a substantial window seat, with built-in storage no less, all done DIY style for relatively low cost and time. Ryan crafted the drawers out of Ikea parts, then built the rest with lumber; meanwhile, the cushions were sent out for professional upholstering. His efforts really paid off — this little nook is so welcoming, cozy and useful for stowing away items, but it still allows the room to feel airy and spacious. Nice work, Ryan! — Kate

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Time: 3 months (working on weekends)

Cost: $1200 (including materials, upholstery costs, wood, trim, paint, handles, and the mechanics for the drawers)

Basic Steps: Here are the steps we took to build this monster:

1. Build a sturdy base out of 2 x 4s to ensure durability and weight.

2. Build a box to use IKEA drawers for extra storage.

3. Secure a heavy-duty seat base out of MDF (the whole thing is mostly MDF).

4. Install drawers to ensure proper fit and finish.

5. Add side compartments for additional storage and a place to lean on, as well as a place to put decorative items. We also installed a plug in these boxes so we could place lamps or a radio on top.

6. Add trim work and wood fill and joints/nail holes.

7. Paint and add handles.

8. Have cushions upholstered. Thanks to Charlene at “The Big Stuff” in Toronto for doing an amazing job on the cushions.

My advice is: measure twice, cut once. Dry fit, dry fit, dry fit before you even touch a screw or nail gun. Learn to mitre cut. Trim makes all the difference, and without perfect mitres, it will look like a DIY instead of a high-end finish. — Ryan

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